Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents Program Update:
Canada invites more sponsors of foreign parents and grandparents to submit an application under the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents (PGP).
The next round of invitations begins on September 6 and continues over a few days. It is the second round in 2017. Potential sponsors who were not invited to apply in April (the first round), now have a second chance.
Invited sponsors will have to submit their application by December 8 in order for it to be accepted.
Individuals who were invited in the first round, but who did not submit an application by the August 4 deadline, will not be invited in the upcoming round, nor will individuals who did not submit a form in early 2017.
The Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents will reopen in early 2018.
Sponsors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and must meet certain minimum income criteria.
The Plan for 2017 sets a target to bring in 20,000 new permanent residents under the program this year. In April, 10,000 potential applicants were chosen at random from the pool of registrants. However, after the 90-day deadline, IRCC had not received 10,000 complete applications. Therefore, IRCC is conducting this second round of invitations.
IRCC advises individuals who may be invited to check their email, including the ‘junk’ folder, next week while invitations are being issued. Only those who are invited will be contacted.
The Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents is not the only option for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada. The Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa that allows parents and grandparents to enter Canada as long-term visitors. Super Visa holders may stay in Canada for up to two years on initial entry, and the visa is valid for up to 10 years.
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